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The Best of Cusco in 3 Days: Sacred Valley Tour + Machu Picchu Tour + Alternative Rainbow Mountain Trek

USD $615.00 $634.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Trekking to the Rainbow Mountains, Visit of Machu Picchu, Visit of Pisac, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras & Ollantaytambo //

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Passionate and experienced guides that are happy to share incredible stories with you.

 Hike only for 45 minutes instead of 3 hours to the alternative rainbow mountain.

 Don't rush from site to site like during the typical touristic tour to the Sacred Valley. Enjoy more time and better understand the culture and history of every place we visit together.

 Discover the Machu Picchu and make this world wonder a highlight of your Peruvian adventure.

 

The sacred valley, the Machu Picchu and the rainbow mountains are waiting for you. Get ready for 3 days packed with 3 unforgettable tours in Cusco, the city of the Incas. During the sacred valley tour, you will discover Pisac, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo, the last stop before heading to Machu Picchu. Another highlight will be Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru. Enjoy a day trip to Machu Picchu that will take you back in time, getting to know everything about Pachutec, Hiram Bingham and all the important historical events related to it. Apart from the sacred Valley and Machu Picchu you will also explore the postcard-like rainbow mountains that are hidden in the Andean mountains South of Cusco. However, this is the alternative tour to the Rainbow Mountains, not the typical trekking tour to the Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain where you are with hundreds of other tourists fighting to get the best photo with no people on it. On this tour, you will be almost alone (apart from typical Andean wildlife such as alpacas, llamas and condors) because this tour is still very unknown yet and you will only trek for around 1 hour. 

Please let us know which of the following options you prefer:
Option 1: Morning tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 6:00 am onwards) from Aguas Calientes
Option 2: Afternoon tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 12:00 pm onwards) from Aguas Calientes 
Option 3: Morning tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 6:00 am onwards) from Cusco
Option 4: Afternoon tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 12:00 pm onwards) from Cusco

 

Itinerary*:

*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the tours with off-days (f.e. tour 2, day off, tour 1).

This Experience Touristic Sacred Valley
Group Size 2-8 15-20
Participants Spanish/English (%) 5/95 70/30
Option to get train to
Aguas Calientes
Yes Yes, but miss Pisac
Guide The best possible Professional
Time on sites 1 hour 30 minutes
Sites visited Pisac + Moray
+ Maras + Urubamba
+ Ollantaytambo
Chinchero + Moray
+ Maras + Urubamba
+ Ollantaytambo + Pisac
Transport with Small to large van Large van to bus
Schedule 6.30am - 7pm 7am - 7pm

 

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 am before you will head to the town of Pisac to visit one of the most imposing archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, you can see wonderful architecture and enjoy unique views of the valley from the top. The next stop is the artisan market of Pisac, where you can find typical souvenirs. Afterwards, you will get to know the archaeological site of Moray. Here, you will face a construction that is a clear proof of the extraordinary agricultural progresses that the ancient Peruvians had regarding the management of climates, soils and humidity. The salt mines of Maras, which are not far from Moray, are the next highlight on this tour. Together with your guide, you will enter the mines, learn about its history and have enough time to take some pictures. If you want to, you can buy some of the special salt to take it home and use it for cooking.

Photo Sac

Then, you will continue to Urubamba to get some lunch. Once you're ready to go, you will head to Ollantaytambo, a very important temple for the Inca known as "the living city of the Incas". You will explore its ceremonial centres, walk along its narrow paths and find out the history behind it. Now that you have visited the last site of the tour, you can either return tu Cusco with the guide at 5:30 pm, stay in Ollantaytambo or head on to Aguas Calientes so you can visit Machu Picchu on the next day.

From Ollantaytambo/ Aguas Calientes, your itinerary would look like this:

  • 06:40 am or 7:20 am: Train to Aguas Calientes
  • 08:20 am or 9:00 am: Arrival at Aguas Calientes
  • Afterwards: Bus ride (20 min) & entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2.5 hour guided tour and free time)
  • Return bus ride (20 min) to Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch (not included)
  • 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or 7:00 pm: Departure of train to Ollantaytambo
  • 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or 8:40 pm: Arrival to Ollantaytambo & bus ride to Cusco for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Arrival at the city of Cusco
Expedition train:

The Expedition train is a tourist standard service with semi-panoramic windows. On board, you will be offered a simple snack that consists of a cold or hot drink and a sweet or salty option. Watch the video about the Expedition train.

Vistadome train:
The Vistadome train is the more luxurious option that has carriages with panoramic windows to the sides and on the ceiling so you can enjoy the landscape on comfortable leather seats. On board, you will be offered a snack elaborated with regional Andean products. On the way back, there will be a 20-minute show on board including a typical dance offered by the staff. Watch the video about the Vistadome train.

You will be picked up at your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) at 4:00 am. Then, you will head to the train station located in the town of Ollantaytambo where you will board the train at 6:40 am or at 7:20 am and make your trip to to the village of "Aguas Calientes" (2000 m) where you will arrive at approximately 8:20 am or 9:00 am, respectively.

Upon arrival at the train station, a guide will be waiting for you to accompany you to the bus that brings you to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It takes about 30 minutes by bus until reaching the incredible Wonder of the world "The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "The Lost City of the Incas". When you arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu, you will pass through the control where you will receive your ticket. From this point on, the guided tour will start and you will visit the main areas of the city such as Main Square, Circular Tower, Sacred Solar Clock, The Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries for approximately 2.5 hours. At the end, you will have free time to take a walk through the citadel and to visit Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate etc.

Photo machu picchu day tour exploor peru

Then, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes and eat in one of the many restaurants (not included). At 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or at 7:00 pm, you will take the train back and arrive in Ollantaytambo at 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or at 8:40 pm (you must arrive at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train). When you arrive at the train station in Ollantaytambo, please leave the station because outside  a guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco (1 hour and 30 minutes by car).


Itinerary in case you start the day tour from Cusco:
  • 04:00 am: Pick up at the hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) and bus ride to Ollantaytambo
  • 04:00 am: Trip to Ollantaytambo
  • 06:40 am or 7:20 am: Train to Aguas Calientes
  • 08:20 am or 9:00 am: Arrival at Aguas Calientes
  • Afterwards: Bus ride (20 min) & entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2.5 hour guided tour and free time)
  • Return bus ride (20 min) to Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch (not included)
  • 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or 7:00 pm: Departure of train to Ollantaytambo
  • 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or 8:40 pm: Arrival to Ollantaytambo & bus ride to Cusco for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Arrival at the city of Cusco

 

This Experience Normal Rainbow Mountain
Mountain Palccoyo (3 Rainbow Mountains) Vinicunca (1 large mountain)
Daily Tourists 200-300 800-1000
Hike Duration 45-60 minutes 3-4 hours
Schedule 5am - 5.30pm 4am - 5.30pm
Time on top 2 hours 40 minutes
Guide The best possible Professional
Group Size 2-10 15-20
Participants ES/EN (%) 5/95 70/30
Transport with Small to large van Large van to bus
Known since 2017 2015

 

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am for your Rainbow Mountain trip in a private bus. After a 3-hour shuttle drive to the Ananiso community, passing traditional villages with amazing views of the Andes, valleys, and mountains until reaching the starting point, which is at 4.300 m. You’ll get acquainted with your fellow travelers and stretch your legs while receiving important information from your guide about the schedule and the hike.
Afterwards, the hike will be up for 1 hour along a small path overhanging the Palomino Valley with some lovely views over some of the most beautiful rock formations of the area. At 4.900 m you will explore the area. You will be able to spot much Andean wildlife such as alpacas, llamas, condors (Vulture gryphus) and the rarely seen vicuña (wild llama family). 

alternative rainbow mountain cusco exploor

Upon your arrival at Rainbow Mountain, you will have a great view over the entire region and also of the Ausangate Glacier, which is 6375 m high (21,000ft.).
After a well-deserved break and some energizing snacks, you will have enough time for many photos and breathe the fresh air of the Andes. You will spend about 2 hours at the summit, depending on the weather conditions. You will begin the descent of 20-30 minutes to the starting point where the driver will be waiting for you. After this outstanding day of touring, you will return back to Cusco, in a private bus, getting back at your hotel around 5:30 pm. 

  

 Included:

Sacred Valley Tour: 

  • Private transport with hotel pick-up from all hotels close to the Plaza de Armas (see "Pickup / Drop-off" info below) 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking indigenous guide
  • Sacred Valley day tour
  • Lunch buffet 

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Round trip train tickets 
  • Private transfer from your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) in Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo and shared transport with drop-off near Plaza de Armas (Plaza Regocijo or Plaza San Francisco) in Cusco
  • Transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip in bus CONSETUR)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Professional english speaking guide
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (only for: Inca Rail (normal or Vistadome) + Huayna Picchu)

Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 

  • Private transport with hotel pick-up from all hotels close to the Plaza de Armas (see "Pickup / Drop-off" info below) 
  • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking indigenous guide
  • Breakfast (quinoa drink, tea, coffee, bread, omelets, pancakes)
  • Lunch 
  • First aid kit and oxygen

 Not Included:

Sacred Valley Tour:

  • Breakfast
  • Tourist ticket (partial ticket S/ 70, general ticket S/ 130 per person)
  • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)

Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Meals
  • Tips
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo
    • you have the option to check for recommended places here
    • or head back to Cusco and leave with the van in the morning to Ollantaytambo
Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour:
  • Entrance (S/ 5 for Peruvians, S/. 10 for foreigners)
  • Pick up from hotels outside of Cusco

 Schedule:

  • Sacred Valley Tour: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Machu Picchu Tour: Everyday from 04:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Alternative Rainbow Mountain Tour: 5:00 am - 5:30 pm

 Duration:

  • Three 1-Day Tours

 Recommendations:

  • Bring your backpack, a rain cape and layers of clothes so you'll be warm
  • Take gloves, a hat, hiking shoes + an extra pair of socks with you (in case of snow) and if you want to you can bring hiking poles as well
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and some extra money 
  • Pack some snacks and coca leaves

 Terms of Reservation:

  • Minimum 1 week before (so that the train tickets can be reserved before).
  • In case you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu, please make your reservation at least 2 months in advance.
  • If you buy the group tour and there are not minimum 2 people in total you have the option to:
    • postpone the date of the tour
    • receive a refund
    • pay the difference to the private tour and do the private tour

     Terms of Cancellation:

    • If you cancel minimum 5 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 50%.
    • In case the entrance tickets (Machu Picchu and/or Huayna Picchu) are bought by us already (tickets that include Huayna Picchu: normally 2 months in advance to avoid booking problems due to the daily Huayna Picchu limit; Machu Picchu: approx. 1 week in advance during low season and 2 weeks during high season), the price of those tickets cannot be returned or claimed.

     Pickup / Drop-off:

    • Pickup from your hotel (only if your hotel is close to the city center of Cusco. In case you stay further away, meet up at the Plaza de Armas - taxi cost approx. 10-15 Soles)
    • Drop-off at Plaza de Armas or Plaza de Regocijo (due to the rush hour that might leave you waiting 1-2 hours in the van in case we'd drop-off every participant)
    • Private tours include pickup from- and drop-off at the hotel.

     Info: 

    • As a student you can use the discount code "mapistudent" in the checkout and you'll get a $20 discount. You need to have your valid student ID card with you for the Machu Picchu day tour, if not the discount will not be applied.
    • Maximum group size is 15 people
    • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our or any travel operator's side.
    • Please mention your preferred time for the return train (2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or at 7:00 pm) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (subject to ticket availability).
    • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) the operator neither we are responsible.
    • There are two-time slots to visit Machu Picchu:
      • 6:00 - 12:00 and 12:00 - 17:30
    • If you want to go to Huayna Picchu please consider the following:
      • You have to make your reservation at least 2 months before
      • There are 2 schedules:
        • 7:00 am - 8:00 am
        • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

       Information about the Local Guides:

      We only select the best guides whose services comply with our security standards, good equipment and a fair price for every destination.

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